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Afghanistan-uka 2016 går av stabelen mellom 20. og 25. september. Uka er et samarbeid mellom Afghanistankomiteen, Chr. Michelsens institutt (CMI) og Institutt for fredsforskning (PRIO). I tillegg bidrar en lang rekke andre organisasjoner til et stort og variert program. Sentrale afghanske og internasjonale forskere og aktører kommer til Norge for å stå bak talerstolen og delta i debatter. Kultur og brobygging står også på programmet.
Målet med Afghanistan-uka er å plassere Afghanistan øverst på den norske dagsorden. Afghanistankomiteen er initiativtaker og koordinator for uka som blir gjennomført med støtte fra Fritt Ord og Norad.   

The Afghanistan Week 2016 is a cooperation between the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee, the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Our aim is to bring Afghanistan to the top of the Norwegian agenda, bringing Afghan and international experts to Norway to inform and debate.

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Shukria Barakzai

H.E. Ambassador

H.E. Ambassador Shukria Barakzai has long been a staunch activist for women’s rights and democracy. In July 1999 she founded the Asia Women Organization (AWO) and served as its Director until 2005 and in December 2008 she co-founded Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) as an independent and impartial human rights organization tasked with monitoring the human rights situation in Afghanistan. Under her leadership, the AWO succeeded in operating, financing, organizing and maintaining a number of clandestine educational facilities for Afghan women and girls during the rule of Taliban when even engaging in humanitarian duties were outlawed for women.

In 2005, Barakzai’s political life entered a new phase when she successfully run for a seat at Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of the Afghan Parliament) becoming one of the first woman MPs in the post-Taliban era. In her tenure at Afghan Parliament, she advocated for human rights with a focus on women’s rights, consolidation of civil society and promotion of democracy.

In July 2010 she became the a delegate to the Consultative Peace Jirga of Afghanistan convened in Kabul and attended by hundreds of delegates from across Afghanistan. The Jirga aimed at garnering national consensus about peace and reconciliation in the country. As an active delegate, she strongly spoke for safeguarding the achievements won by Afghan women over the past several years as one of the fundamental outcomes of a dignified and democratic peace. Her contributions were reflected into the National Peace Strategy.

Barakzai’s political and parliamentary activism earned her many enemies culminating in a suicide attack on her life on 16 November 2014. She survived the assassination attempt, but sustained injuries. Barakzai is currently Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Norway.